As summer comes to an end, prices of watermelon keeps on dropping down too. It's the best fruit to eat to quench summer thirst and to cool oneself. It is so cheap to buy and we mainly get them from roadside vendors. At the back of the vendor's van or car boot are big juicy heavy fruits...it's basically cheaper than supermarket prices. A kilo of watermelon is just 10cents Euro!! We easily eat 5 kilos in one sitting and that's not even a euro!!
|that's the temporary summer roadside fruit vendor|
Our chickens love the watermelon rind too! Sometimes, I even share the rind with them...it makes nice for stir fry, as pickles, or chutney for ourselves. Yes you can cook them by just peeling the hard outer skin. Almost a no waste fruit.
Here's a slow cooker watermelon rind chutney that I made today. This would be good to pair with grilled BBQ.
In a slow cooker, mix together: 5 cups of watermelon rind...peel the outer hard skin and cut into small pieces, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 cloves garlic, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2inches grated ginger, and 1 sliced chili pepper. Cook on high for 5 hours. It's that easy. Put the chutney in a jar and refrigerate. It will last a few weeks. The flavour will increase even more after 1 to 2 days after cooking.
|very cheap watermelon all filed up inside the car|
Well, I've been busy preserving and storing food like a little squirrel while we are in the season of abundance. It's always good to have homemade ready food to eat. This food will keep us happy for weeks and months.
Since our garden failed to come up with cucumber this year for various reason, so.. we made use of watermelon rind as good substitution. Everything works for good as always:)
Hope your week is good and a beautiful one to enjoy too.